Window treatments frequently come in last yet have the power to dress a space up or down. A wide drape lends elegance to a room, while an essential Roman shade keeps things simple. In many ways, a fitted blazer can give a touch of class, or a jean jacket can make a cocktail dress casual.

However, you should still pay attention to them at the end of the design process.

DO: Consider function and style when deciding on length.

A more extended cloth panel typically gives off a more formal—and less practical—look. Therefore, when choosing a length, think about how frequently you’ll open and close the treatments in each room.

Is the room one where you want to keep the lights off at night but let the sun in during the day? Is the room a dining room where the draperies will serve more of a decorative purpose? Alternatively, is it a playroom where floor-length cloth would be impractical?

Another way to reduce heat and cold loss is using a thick puddle drape.

If you prefer floor-length curtains, always hang them two inches from the ceiling or four inches above the window molding to elongate the space.

DO: Think of a Valance

Many homeowners believe that adding a valance detracts from the value of window treatment. But choosing a cloth valance will soften the look of your window coverings, particularly blinds and shades. 

This decorative addition also heightens the appearance of your windows, hides drapery hardware, and gives the space more depth and intricacy.

DO: Decide on wide slat shutters.

The size of the louvers greatly influences the utility and aesthetic appeal of shutters. Large windows can benefit from more minor (2.5-inch) louvers, while wide (4.5-inch) slats provide a more abundant appearance. If your windows look out into a beautiful scene, choose wide slat shutters to minimize obstructions to the view and increase the amount of light and air entering your home.

DO: Think about energy efficiency.

You may improve your energy efficiency by using blinds and curtains. They can, for starters, obscure the sun on sweltering summer days. As it cools your space, this allows your air conditioner to operate more freely. Additionally, drapes help stop drafts and lessen the heat that escapes your house in the winter.

If you prefer a lighter look for your window treatments, you don’t have to buy thick drapes since they prevent drafts. Shutters, roller shades, honeycomb blinds, and Roman shades all function effectively as draft stoppers without appearing bulky or excessive.

One of these blinds is the best option if you’re worried that a heavy curtain will dominate the space but want to conserve heat.

DON’T: Choose a new style for each room.

While you want every room to have a different appearance, consistency is crucial for a home to feel cozy.

According to the room, we like to play up or down the same window treatments across the house. For instance, we love using natural woven shades throughout the house for continuity. Still, we will add side drapery panels in soft linens or imitation silks to dress up the spaces in more formal settings like living rooms and dining rooms.

The window treatments must complement the general style and feel of the house, and this reasoning also goes for the color palette.

We should always consider the environment we want to create and keep up with each room and location. Therefore, it is crucial to keep the color of the window treatments constant throughout the house. It’s incredible how much that routinely improves our sense of ease and comfort in our homes.

DON’T: Use long curtains in the kitchen.

Long curtains frequently aren’t appropriate in a kitchen because of the high traffic volume. Instead, use a Roman shade or a shorter curtain that is more practical and won’t obstruct the view.

It’s a beautiful appearance for that particular place, like kitchens or powder rooms, where you want daylight but may need solitude.

If you choose shades, you can alter the pleat of a shade based on the level of formality desired in a design. While a traditional French pleat is raised enough to fit most dining areas, a flat, rolled shade offers a more straightforward appearance.

DON’T: assume it’s close enough when doing the measuring

Sometimes, being reasonably close is sufficient. When measuring curtains and blinds, this is different. Measuring is more lenient if you want drapes that dangle outside your window frame. However, if the measurement needs to be corrected even an eighth of an inch, inside-mount blinds may not fit in the window frame.


The Orange Beach Blinds team will frequently be more than happy to send a specialist to measure the window for you if you’re working with us. You must take exact measurements whether you’re purchasing from a faraway manufacturer or placing an internet order. 

Don’t consider how much room the blind or drapery hardware will take up. We will take all of that into consideration. Give them your precise window measurements, and we will take care of the rest. Give us a call at 850-203-0419 to book your appointment today.





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